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We now offer numerous online courses for those who do not with to attend in person or at a telecast location. Course descriptions and additional information provided in the course catalog below.
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Online Fall 2022 Course Offerings

Course registration open now.

 

  • Estate Planning for Seniors

    Thursday, 1:30-3:30p | 1wk | 9/8

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor: Jorjana Marx, Attorney at Law, Partner | Oklahoma Senior Law

    Location: Online
    Important Info: Free

     

    Plan for your family. Plan for your future. Family is the group of people most important to you. How can you protect your assets for you and your family? This one-time session with an expert in senior law will explain how to avoid probate, the ins and outs of guardianships, and how you should plan for long-term care.

  • Cognitive Stimulation Program: Train Your Brain

    Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 - 11a | 8wks | 9/19-11/9

    Format: Participation
    Instructor: Dr. Sabiha Parveen, CCC – SLP Associate Professor | OSU Communication Sciences and Disorders

    Location: Online
    Important Info: $35 members. $100 non-members (includes OLLI membership)

     

    This unique course provides an opportunity for OLLI members to play games and get brain exercise while contributing to valuable research by OSU faculty and PhD candidates. Those signed up receive a baseline test the first week followed by twice-weekly group classes. The classes will include brain training activities such as attention, memory, orientation, problem-solving and reasoning through games similar to The Price is Right and Famous Faces. The course ends with follow-up assessments. Hearing screenings are also available through this program. Join in on this fun, social and helpful program.

  • The Land Between the Mountains:  Palouse, Great Basin and Colorado Plateau

    Mondays, 10a-12p | 3wks | 9/19-10/3

    Format: Lecture
    Instructor: Dr. James Showalter | Professor Emeritus, Langston University

    Location: Online
    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25

     

    These three regions are filled with haunting beauty. They are arid, harsh, mostly scurried over and seen as barriers. They are the least populated areas of the lower 48 states, yet large populations elsewhere depend on their water and their environments now are under great threat. We’ll explore them by starting with geology and then introduce humans and how humans lived, interacted with and now threaten the regions.

     

    This course is in partnership with OLLI @ Kansas University.

  • From Occupation to Unification:  Exploring Germany’s Momentous Transformation

    Mondays, 1:30-3:30p | 4wks | 9/19-10/10

    Format: Lecture
    Instructor: Anette Isaacs | German Historian and Educator

    Location: Online
    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25

     

    This autumn’s 33rd anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall presents us with the perfect opportunity to explore the striking transformation of Germany from a brutal belligerent dictatorship to a flourishing and pacifist democracy. Join German Historian and Ex-Berliner Anette Isaacs for a fascinating discussion of how key events like the Potsdam Conference, the Berlin Airlift and the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall played a crucial role in this remarkable process.

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Book Club:  On the Banks of Plum Creek

    Mondays, 1:30-3:30p | 8wks | 9/19-11/7

    Format: Discussion
    Instructor: Shanley Wells-Rau | Writer

    Location: Online
    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25. Required book: On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1937)

     

    Together we’ll read On the Banks of Plum Creek, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s fourth book about her family’s time spent living in a dugout near Walnut Grove, Minnesota. We’ll explore history to contextualize the family’s experiences during the 1870s as described in the book. We’ll discuss our own personal connections to the book, as well as the differences between fact and fiction in the author’s work, and we’ll discover what the Laura scholars have to say.

  • An Okie Perspective:  Writer Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel

    Tuesdays, 10a-12p | 4wks | 9/20-10/11

    Format: Lecture
    Instructor: Dr. Karen Neurohr | Research and Outreach Librarian OSU Library | Oklahoma Oral History Department

    Location: Online
    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25.

     

    Dust Bowl emigrant Wilma Elizabeth McDaniel was wrenched from her beloved Oklahoma in 1936 at the tender age of 17 when her family migrated to the Central Valley of California. A lifelong writer, she offers a unique perspective of life in the 1930s through the early 2000s. We will learn about Wilma’s life and legacy by viewing an award-winning documentary film and listening to oral history interviews. Through her poetry and prose, we will explore her sense of place and culture, and consider our own stories.

  • Corsets, Bras and Lingerie:  Fashion and Women’s Rights

    Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30p | 4wks | 9/20-10/11

    Format: Lecture
    Instructor: Sharon Schlicher | Educator

    Location: Online
    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25.

     

    What do women’s underthings tell us about societal rights? How do Roman corsets, medieval Europe’s fascination with low-cut gowns and Henry VIII’s definition of underwear connect with the evolution of current brassieres? In this course we will examine how women’s fashion reflects women’s rights. We’ll also examine the popularity of body modifications, such as corset training, neck lengthening and foot binding and discuss why shown ankles were more scandalous than breasts. Come for a sample of fashion history woven with feminism and human rights.

  • Dickens in Serial

    Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30p | 6wks | 9/21-10/26

    Format: Discussion
    Instructor: Dr. Jeffrey Walker | Professor Emeritus | OSU English Department

    Location: Online
    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25. Required Book: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
    (Norton Critical Edition, 1999—ISBN 978 - 0393960693)

     

    Charles Dickens pioneered the method of publishing novels in serial. By writing and publishing a novel in weekly installments, he could change his story at any time, depending on what his readers liked or disliked. Together we’ll read Great Expectations (1861), his greatest weekly novel, part-by-part, to see how readers can weave Dickens’ fictional world into their own real world. As the story and characters develop and change over 36 weeks, so does the reader’s own life. Readers see the changes in their lives through the lens of the character’s lives and realize how literature can mirror life.

  • Medicare 101

    Thursday, 1:30-3:30p | 1wk | 9/22

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor: Paige Scheuerman | Outreach Coordinator | Oklahoma Insurance Department

    Location: Online
    Important Info: Free

     

    In this comprehensive review, you’ll find everything (and we mean everything) you need to know about the Medicare Program. Paige Scheuerman will provide you with complete and accurate information on Parts A, B, C and D, Medigap Policies, eligibility, enrollment and more.

  • Fit Over 50

    Thursday, 10a-12p | 1wk | 9/22

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor: Taylor Bailey | OSU Employee Wellness Coordinator

    Location: Online
    Important Info: Free

     

    Join in this workshop dedicated to the importance of fitness and living well, targeted specifically for those of us with more life experience. We’ll discuss why wellness matters and how it works best when each facet is considered as a whole; and we’ll dive into the different aspects of wellness, such as mental wellness, nutrition and physical fitness. A good overview with tailored information and also specific action steps you can take right away.

  • Less is More: Mindful Clothing Consumption

    Fridays, 10a-12p | 8wks | 9/23-11/11

    Format: Lecture
    Instructor: Dr. Cosette Joyner Martinez | Associate Professor | OSU Department of Design and Merchandising

    Location: Online
    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $25. Recommended Text: The Conscious Closet by Elizabeth L. Cline

     

    Do your clothing habits contribute to larger sustainability issues associated with fashion? Can behavioral change contribute to a better world? Do our clothes have meaning? How much clothing is enough? Explore these issues to discover a meaningful life with less. Shaped by the concepts of Buddhist economics and minimalism, we’ll discuss how the principles of moderation and non-violence within clothing acquisition, use and disposal practice can reduce the social and environmental impact of clothing consumption. This course will offer the opportunity for you to implement a regular mindfulness practice designed to bring clarity about your relationship with the wardrobe.

  • Only Hope: My Mother and the Holocaust Brought to Light

    Thursday, 1:30-3:30p | 1wk | 9/29

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor: Dr. Irving Lubliner Emeritus Professor, Southern Oregon University 

    Location: Online

    Important Info: A La Carte Price: $10. Recommended Text: Only Hope: A Survivor’s Stories of the Holocaust by Felicia Bornstein Lubliner

     

    Before she passed away in 1974, Felicia Bornstein Lubliner wrote about her life in Nazi-occupied Poland during the Holocaust, including her internment in ghettos and two concentration camps, Auschwitz and Gross-Rosen. In Only Hope: A Survivor’s Stories of the Holocaust, her powerful stories have been published by her son, Irv Lubliner. In this one-time session, he will share excerpts from the book, shedding light on his mother’s experiences and indomitable spirit, as well as his own experience as a child of Holocaust survivors and his process of bringing the book to fruition.

  • Longevity in Oklahoma:  Discovering Where and How to Live Long and Well

    Friday, 10a-12p | 1wk | 9/30

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor: Dr. Alex Bishop | OSU Associate Professor | Human Development and Family Science

    Location: Online

    Important Info: Free

     

    What does it take to live well while living long? Where do people live the longest in Oklahoma? We’ll hear what our elders have to say by looking at oral history and biographical narratives collected from Oklahoma centenarians. We’ll see what promotes longevity and well-being in our state.

  • Power of Attorney:  The Nine Secret Powers You Need

    Thursday, 1:30-3:30p | 1wk | 10/6

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor: Todd Whatley | Certified Elder Law Attorney | Partner Oklahoma Senior Law

    Location: Online

    Important Info: Free

     

    Learn what nine powers should be included in every senior’s estate. An inadequate power of attorney could undo years of financial planning, so make sure yours is crafted to your specific situation. Hear from this expert in Elder Law in this one-time session so you don’t have to sweat the paperwork.

  • Principles, Politics and Preferences  at the Supreme Court - POSTPONED

    Thursdays, 10a-12p | 3wks | 10/12-10/27

    Format: Lecture
    Instructor: Dr. Howard Tolley | Political Science Professor Emeritus | University of Cincinnati

    Location: Online

    Important Info: A La Carte Fee: $25

     

    Join us as we examine how legal principles, political ideology and personal preference impact the appointment of Justices, the decisions they reach, judicial activism and the alignment of conservative and liberal voting blocs. We’ll review the prior term’s judgments on cases involving abortion, capital punishment, free speech, state secrets involving domestic CIA operations and 2nd Amendment gun rights followed by a preview of the major cases docketed for the upcoming term that begins Oct. 3.

  • Have You Checked Your Personality Lately?

    Friday, 10a-12p | 1wk | 10/14

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor: Doug Stowell, National OLLI Instructor, Consumer Researcher

    Location: Online

    Important Info: Free

     

    What are your personality traits? Would others agree with you? Try some short personality quizzes just for fun and reflection.  (You don’t have to divulge the outcomes.) We’ll do the Sherwin-Williams Color Preference, the Enneagram and a Meyers-Briggs initial quiz along with a couple others.  Then we’ll poll the class to discover the range of personas they indicate.

  • Americans All! American Places and American Faces through the Eyes of Immigrant Artists

    Wednesdays, 10a-12p | 3wks | 10/19-11/2

    Format: Lecture
    Instructor: Various Gilcrease Museum Docents

    Location: Online

    Important Info: A La Carte Fee: $25

     

    This three-part course will look at works from the Gilcrease Museum collection by artists who immigrated from European countries such as Ireland, Denmark, England, France and Germany. How did their paintings and sculptures influence various perspectives of American land, wildlife, people and history over time?

  • Understanding the Electoral College

    Thursday, 1:30-3:30p | 1wk | 10/27

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor: Terry McAteer, National OLLI Instructor, Retired Superintendent and Educator

    Location: Online

    Important Info: A La Carte Fee: $10

     

    What is this baffling, semi-mysterious portion of the Constitution which defines our Presidential election system? Discover why our Founders devised this unique process, as well as the history behind some interesting Presidential elections, similar to 2020, where the Electoral College became the centerpiece. We'll also look to 2024 by creating a variety of scenarios to see how the election might play out since the readjustments following the 202 census.

  • Survey of Forensic Science

    Tuesdays, 10a-12p | 2wks | 11/1 - 11/8

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor: Christian Wilson, DNA Analyst, National OLLI Instructor

    Location: Online

    Important Info: A La Carte Fee: $10

     

    We all became “experts” in forensic science by watching the fictional Gil Grissom get the bad guys on TV’s “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Let’s hear from a real expert. In this course, we’ll look at some famous and current cases to see types of evidence and collection methods. We’ll examine the many types of forensic science used to solve crimes and how scientists manage the puzzle pieces.

  • What It Was: Growing Up When the Music Mattered

    Thursday, 1:30-3:30p | 1wk | 11/3

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor: James Pagliasotti, Music Journalist, Author

    Location: Online

    Important Info: A La Carte Fee: $10. Recommended Text: What It Was: Growing Up When the Music Mattered by James Pagliasotti

     

    The Classic Era of rock and roll music was a time of incredible creativity in the arts and in artful ways of living. It was also a tumultuous time, when struggles over civil rights, the Vietnam War, political assassinations and gender equity sometimes made it seem the world was coming apart. The music helped us get through it. It gave us a voice, an anthem, a gathering place where we shared our dreams and our fears. Join in this one-time session to hear from someone who was there with press credentials and a backstage pass.

  • Future Perfect: What’s Next?

    Friday, 10a-12p | 1wk | 11/4

    Format: Presentation
    Instructor: Doug Stowell, National OLLI, Instructor, Consumer Researcher

    Location: Online

    Important Info: Free

     

    Remember reading George Orwell’s 1984 and thinking that was the future? Or, when the year 2000 was the future? Both are now the past, and we lived through them! So, what’s next? We know the pace of technological change has accelerated, so we’ll take a quick look back to set the stage. (Remember life before smart phones?) Then, we’ll look forward to see what may happen in the short term and longer (by the year 2030). We’ll look ahead at transportation, healthcare, education, climate and environment, energy generation and more.

 

 

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